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Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts' apparent efforts to unite his fellow justices in 2014 were less successful as the number of unanimous rulings in the 2014 term dropped nearly 40 percent from 2013's high point. (Credit: Ted Eytan)

Supreme Court Ends Term Sharply Divided

As the U.S. Supreme Court winds up a historic term with landmark rulings on same-sex marriage, health care, housing regulations and power plant emissions that will forever shape the legacy of the Roberts Court, the nine justices emerge starkly divided, racking up fewer unanimous rulings and a record number of dissents. 

  • Boutiques Wipe The Supreme Court Floor With BigLaw Rivals

    Appellate boutique firms had a banner year before the Supreme Court this term, winning nine of the 11 cases they argued and casting a big shadow over their BigLaw competition.

  • Justices Pen More Dissents To Show Votes Aren't Political

    The U.S. Supreme Court justices continued to issue a high number of dissents and concurrences this term, and experts say the justices — particularly those regarded as conservative — are increasingly raising their pens to reassure the public that their views are grounded in the law and not politics.

  • Chancery Nixes Claims Against GM Directors In Ignition Suit

    A Delaware Chancery judge tossed derivative claims against General Motors Co. directors stemming from the high-profile ignition switch defect on certain cars said to have caused dozens of deaths, saying in an opinion made public Monday that suing shareholders did not adequately show the directors acted in bad faith while overseeing the iconic automaker's operations.

  • Three Justices Trusted With Most Controversial Opinions

    In the divisive U.S. Supreme Court term that just ended, three justices stood out for rendering close opinions that drew the most dissents, showing their ability to build coalitions around controversial legal ideas and keep them intact despite fundamental opposition.

  • Greenberg Yanked Lifeline As Dewey Foundered, Jurors Hear

    A former Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP partner, testifying Monday in the accounting fraud trial of three former colleagues, recounted how Greenberg Traurig LLP ceased merger talks in April 2012 after Law360 reported news of a looming criminal investigation.

  • CFTC Proposes Cross-Border Margin Requirement Rule

    The U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission voted unanimously on Monday to float a rule that would extend the application of its previously proposed rules on margins for uncleared swaps to cross-border transactions, with a limited exclusion.